After creating a distraction during what should've been a celebratory moment in the wake of another win over the New York Yankees to reach their second World Series in three years, the Houston Astros have been under fire due to some poorly-timed and downright disgraceful comments purported to come from assistant GM Brandon Taubman.
Taubman, who reportedly sought out a group of female reporters, including one wearing a purple band to support domestic violence victims, and yelled his praises of convicted and suspended closer Roberto Osuna, has now been fired by the team.
This comes after the Astros tried to disprove Sports Illustrated writer Stephanie Apstein's initial account of the incident, which broke the news to the baseball world. Houston also released a secondary statement, which was viewed as tone deaf at the time, and faced even more scrutiny, not only from reporters and fans around baseball, but also the general public.
The Astros have apologized to Apstein for doubting her recollection of events, stating that their initial reaction was, in fact, wrong. However, they have not apologized for immediately knee-jerk reacting and impugning her character.
While most of us knew this for quite some time, the Astros took nearly a week to react with basic human decency.